Posts Tagged ‘Personal Style’

Making Modern Golden Moments

Making Modern Golden Moments

Early in 2014 when Samuel Fleming Lewis & Stephen Kladder of INSTUDIO suggested the use of a simple large golden colored polished brass hoop as a piece of sculpture on a fireplace mantle in a contemporary living room their client questioned the choice. Her first comment was she thought she shouldn’t use gold with the […]


San Carlos Casual & Contemporary

San Carlos Casual & Contemporary

A European family of 4 interviewed INSTUDIO Design Directors Samuel Fleming Lewis & Stephen Kladder while still living in a small Eichler rental house weeks before they closed on their own spacious hilltop townhouse of their dreams in San Carlos. They made their rental home work for how they lived but wanted a personalized design […]


Interior Design Budgets

Interior Design Budgets

Small or large design project, most are reluctant to talk about their design budget with interior designers. INSTUDIO interior Design Directors Samuel Fleming Lewis and Stephen Kladder often find that clients are vague on the actual budget to furnish a room. Any design budget provides clarity allowing the designer to match services and furnishings with […]


Modern Mix for a San Francisco Master Bedroom

Modern Mix for a San Francisco Master Bedroom

INSTUDIO makes life’s transitions a specialty. When a former client decided to trade her suburban silicon valley, California bungalow for a San Francisco flat she called Samuel Fleming Lewis and Stephen Kladder for design direction. She knew that the designers could translate her existing contemporary furnishings and art that they selected for her years before […]


5 Years of INSTUDIO Creativity

5 Years of INSTUDIO Creativity

Five years ago after talking to like-minded interior designers who are equally fine artist Samuel Fleming Lewis and Stephen Kladder were inspired to create a new concept for interior design. The two designers’ have decades of experience in high-end residential design yet they know as artists that any room can be composed visually like a […]


WARHOL for a Girl’s New Bedroom

WARHOL for a Girl’s New Bedroom

To get a jump start on design and furnishing their first home a young family contacted INSTUDIO for Design Direction several weeks before moving in. During a complementary interview the couple said that they needed all new furniture for their 10 year old daughter’s bedroom prior to the move in date. The designers quickly found […]


JCPenny Styled by INSTUDIO

JCPenny Styled by INSTUDIO

Furniture is easy to find from a multitude of sources. The difficult part of purchasing furniture is cultivating a cohesive look to match a design plan. INSTUDIO Interior Design Directors Samuel Fleming Lewis & Stephen Kladder have designed homes/rooms in a wide spectrum of styles unique to its clients. The designers looked at previous design […]


A 1950’s Sculptural Sofa Story

A 1950’s Sculptural Sofa Story

Never missing an opportunity to find unique home furnishings INSTUDIO Interior Design Director Samuel Fleming Lewis is constantly searching for overlooked gems. He goes wherever there may be unique home furnishings for clients, INSTUDIO inventory or his own decor. All sources offer an equal opportunity to find a special treasure for interior design and decoration […]


Spring Inspired Color Palettes

Spring Inspired Color Palettes

Yearly color forecasts can give you an interior design color palette that is on trend but not individualized. Each spring nature provides fresh color combinations outdoors that can be translated into fresh new personal color stories for interior design and décor. Wherever you are take time to notice how spring effects urban, suburban and natural […]


SHO-CON

SHO-CON

Creative people with truly contemporary ideas often face an uphill battle while the rest of us catch up to their innovations. By the time their ideas become integrated as the new normal the creative person is developing fresh ideas that challenge the norm. This describes the thoughts behind Karen McMullen’s new furniture showroom SHO-CON. The […]


Contemplating Contemporary

Contemplating Contemporary

Contemporary furniture and interior design aligns forms, trends, color palettes and technologies which are created in our time. Almost everyone equates contemporary furniture with clean lined simplicity. Often contemporary furniture designs are so artistic and of the moment that they almost seem out of place in today’s home because of their futuristic look. INSTUDIO interior […]


A Bowl of Art?

A Bowl of Art?

INSTUDIO interior Design Director Samuel Fleming Lewis is always on the lookout for new artistic accessories to put the finishing touches on his client’s home décor.  As an artist he was on his way to buy paint from an art supply store when he decided to take a shortcut through Bloomingdale’s in San Francisco. A […]


Welcoming the Next Chapter

Welcoming the Next Chapter

Sixty is the new forty. Stylish youthful active seniors are celebrating their freedom from raising families by trying new things. Seniors are changing their personal style while developing renewed interests in continuing education, sports, food, travel, fashion, the arts and volunteer work. Some seniors start pre- retirement planning for the sale of their too large […]


The Timeless Gift of Classic Design

The Timeless Gift of Classic Design

INSTUDIO Design Directors like to give gifts for living spaces. Well-designed items that are seen or used daily can enrich lives with their beauty while serving us with a function.  A gift for the home is a great way to tell your family, friend or your house “thank you” while adding comfort, utility and style […]


Creating the Outdoor Room

Creating the Outdoor Room

INSTUDIO Interior Design Directors create outdoor rooms on decks, balconies, lanai’s patios and sunrooms that are a natural extension of interior rooms. Outdoor furniture manufactures have reinvented polyester textiles as weather resistant fabrics and rugs.  Beautiful patterns, prints and textures that were once only found inside have gone outdoors to play in the sun. Carefree […]


Modern Nursery and Toddler Rooms by INSTUDIO

Modern Nursery and Toddler Rooms by INSTUDIO

Argington Modern Children’s Furniture is a natural match for expecting moms and dads whose contemporary and artistic personal style will soon be part of a nursery or toddler’s room design. A nursery’s plan should include a rocking chair or glider as part of the design for a comfortable room where parents can bond with their […]


PINTEREST has New Color Boards by INSTUDIO

PINTEREST has New Color Boards by INSTUDIO

A rainbow of living color has been developed as Pin Boards by INSTUDIO Design Directors. Pinterest has become an INSTUDIO gallery exhibiting inspirations, furniture, art, lighting, design, products, textiles and accessories that matches the Design Directors unique style. Previously similar items were grouped together on Pin Boards by period, style, item or product. The new […]


Calder Red for a Palm Springs Family Room

Calder Red for a Palm Springs Family Room

INSTUDIO Design Directors have an annual design direction meeting in Palm Springs, California with clients who purchased a furnished vacation condominium. Each year the clients replaced existing furnishings with a combination of mid century, contemporary, vintage, local and used furniture, art and accessories to match their personal style. The clients developed a palette of sandy […]


Chairish Your Fine Home Furnishings

Chairish Your Fine Home Furnishings

Lynne Gillan was the first of the INSTUDIO Design Directors to discover “Chairish” the online consignment marketplace for design obsessed people to buy and sell exceptional pre-owned home furnishings. The three Design Directors work in the studio as a team to conceptualize and review each interior design project on a regular basis. Over time each […]


Artist Michael Ross is Drawing Living Houses

Artist Michael Ross is Drawing Living Houses

A portrait of a house is usually thought of as the perfectly rendered ideal drawing of a home as envisioned by an architect or builder.  Bay Area artist Michael Ross uses a vivid complementary color palette of artist crayons along with his free form drawing style to capture a deeper life of home.  Michael’s imaginary […]


BLOBS by San Francisco Artist LUCAS SEVEN

BLOBS by San Francisco Artist LUCAS SEVEN

Lucas Seven’s new “BLOBS” series of eight by ten inch stretched canvas acrylic paintings were developed with a few key words in mind:  Shape, Color & Fun. The black background of the paintings shows the character’s carefully thought out details and is a great contrast to the BLOBS bright colors. The playful characters created from […]


MUJI Moves Minimal Modern Style to San Francisco

MUJI Moves Minimal Modern Style to San Francisco

When products are sold at the Museum of Modern Art STORE inNew York City it’s safe to say that the items selected for the store are destined to become internationally known design classics. INSTUDIO Interior Design Director Samuel Fleming Lewis has purchased iconic items from the MoMA STORE since the 1980’s that he continues to […]


Evan gets ACCESS to INSTUDIO Design Direction

Evan gets ACCESS to INSTUDIO Design Direction

San Francisco is well known for quirky apartments carved out of grand Victorian homes. Two young professionals recently from Washington D.C. admitted that their dog Evan sealed the deal for their securing a unique garden apartment. When their future landlord saw images of him via email the apartment was soon theirs. A small private garden […]


White Marble Enhances any Style of Bathroom

White Marble Enhances any Style of Bathroom

Whether your personal style is classic or contemporary white marble is a versatile, luxurious material that can enhance any bathroom. Purists may insist on Italian Carrara for its white background and gray veining. A wide range of subtle color can be found in a variety of white marbles. The timeless appeal of the stone is […]